So...obviously...I read it. There was clearly something for me to see.
Growing up, I had read a youth book on that storm so it was always a favorite. You know when you have a favorite Bible story...? You know all the details about it? Yeah.
I didn't remember AT ALL that an angel appeared to Paul and told him they would all survive.
I did remember that they went through a horrific storm.
But reading that the angel appeared and told Paul they'd all survive...yet they still went through a horrific 14 day nightmare on the sea...
Well that's a big deal.
It was so horrific that the other men refused to eat the full 14 days. Paul however...he had this calm. He knew they'd survive. He actually knew not a hair would be lost from anyone. And that carried him through the storm in peace.
We have been very clear. We are in a storm. THE storm. God has shown up time and time again. I've woken in the night with the song "good good Father" in my head. I have had friends who knew NOTHING of what we are going through tell me they felt strongly they should tell me a verse or devotional they were reading that God nudged them it was for us. And many times, we have been brought to tears reading them. They were so very applicable.
God telling us...we would survive the storm.
But...not calming the seas.
We are still in the storm.
There is so much light at the end of the tunnel...but it still (for me) seems a long ways off. Can we humbly ask that you pray for our family? All of us. Please pray.
Life has been a whirlwind of events and I have zero doubt that I will look back on this year of our lives and wonder if I really lived it. Or if it was a fuzzy dream. Yet forever we will have the scars to remind us...we indeed lived it.
Broken. Shattered. Beaten. Barely the strength or desire to 'keep eating while on these raging seas'...yet hearing God's promises over and over. Many times...through you. The random gifts in the mail from people we barely know. The messages that show up with verses I don't even remember reading before. How could they be so applicable? Seeing a movie and walking out sobbing because the parallels of our story were so unexpected. The people near and far...rallying around us to do battle with us. In this storm.
Please, we are once again asking...rally around us with your prayers. War Room style prayers on our behalf. Pray that our family would be protected at every level. That God would part seas. Open hearts to see truth. And set up an army to fight for us.